Yonkers extends term limits from 8 to 12 years

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The Yonkers City Council has approved a controversial proposal to extend term limits.

The legislation passed in a 5-2 vote that happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday

The measure extends term limits from eight to 12 years, and will allow incumbents to run for a third term. The legislation will allow Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to run for a third term. If it hadn't passed, he would be out as mayor at the end of 2019.

Over 125 people showed up at Yonkers City Hall on Monday night to speak on the issue, and the council did not vote until they all had their turn. An additional 500 people sent emails into the Yonkers city clerk's office about the hot button issue, with the vast majority being in favor of the term limit extension. Term limit extension was voted down during public referendums in 1994 and 2001.

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